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Kohima LPG distributors demand security; to continue strike

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Kohima, July 18: The All Kohima Indane Distributors Association (AKIDA) on Saturday said it is compelled to continue with ongoing indefinite closure of all LPG service providers in the State capital that entered the sixth day today unless the security of the dealers and employees is ensured.
AKIDA comprising of five LPG distributors – Seyie, Belho, Marcofed, Yhome and Rose – gas agencies had kept their shutters down since July 13 in protest against the assault on LPG workers on July 4 and July 9 while on duty.
In a letter addressed to the Chief Secretary, Director General of Police and Commissioner Nagaland today, AKIDA president K Seyie and general secretary Tsiebou Dzüvichü appealed them “to protect and ensure protection of the lives and security of AKIDA, business persons and their workers” while also seeking strict legal action to be taken against the miscreants involved in the attack on the LPG drivers on July 4 and 9, 2020 in Kohima.
The plight of the business persons who struggles for survival and support their family for basic sustenance is again overburdened under the guise of the so called multiple UG taxation who are often assaulted for failing to meet the demands of the unscrupulous tax collectors, they said.
The business persons along with their workers are often gripped with tension and fear as daily business transaction poses as risk upon their lives due to many unforeseen challenging factors to do with menace of multiple UG taxation, lamented the AKIDA officials.
Saying it is not a new emergent trend that multiple underground taxation and assault are inflicted on the business community but this threat has been looming large since years back, AKIDA said it is disheartening to learn from reliable Government of Nagaland official source that 98% of the arrested accused on extortion cases is released on bail within a couple of days of their arrest.
They also expressed surprise that even in serious offence booked under Arms Act and Explosives Substance Act where minimum punishment prescribed is 5 years or more, the convicted accused persons are awarded merely 5-10 days of sentence often with the concurrence of the Public Prosecutors.
This clearly reflects the poor functioning of the law and order in the State, because of which, the business community is always at the receiving end for such lapses and consequences, they said.
The business communities regularly pays huge GST tax imposed by the Government and having to bear the additional demands of the so called multiple UG taxation becomes extremely difficult for the business persons to survive, AKIDA said.
Maintaining that it is the sheer responsibility of the Government’s administrative authorities and the police to monitor, regulate, prevent crimes from happening in the society and protect the lives and security of its citizens, AKIDA regretted that the state of affairs of the law enforcing agency has been often found to be a failure when it comes to the protection of the rights of business communities in general and LPG distributors in particular.
While demanding their own security and also strict action against such miscreants, the AKIDA urged the top State officials said they will be compelled to resort to continue the existing indefinite bandh of all LPG showrooms and LPG services in protest against the culprits or take legal recourse against the appropriate authority for redressal of grievances. (Page News Service)